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John Boehner to Eric Holder: Race isn't the issue, the truth is

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected Attorney General Eric Holder's suggestion that JudiCIAry Committee members disrespected him because of his race.

"There's no issue of race here," Boehner told reporters Thursday. "The frustration is that the American people have not been told the truth about what happened at the IRS. The American people have not been told the truth about what happened in Fast and Furious. The administration has not told the American people the truth about Benghazi. We've been going through all of these hearings, having to hold people in contempt, because they've made it impossible to get to the documents.They have not been forthcoming. They owe the American people the truth."

Holder protested his treatment by some House Judiciary Committee members earlier this week during a speech at Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

“The last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face, even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” Holder said, per Politico. “If you don't believe that, you look at the way -- forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee -- has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?"

The IRS' targeting of the Tea Party was the contempt issue of the day, but Boehner emphasized the Benghazi terrorist attack in his reply to Holder.

“And when it comes to Benghazi, we’ve got four Americans who are dead, and their families deserve the truth about what happened. And the administration refuses to tell them the truth,” he said, before ending the briefing suddenly.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that Congress needs to consider holding former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell in contempt. Graham said Morell misled him about who edited the Benghazi talking points.

"In every sense of the word, Mike Morrell lied to me," Graham told reporters Wednesday.

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